Popularidad de la tradición del Día de Muertos crece en Estados Unidos

Tiendas venden disfraces y decoraciones tradicionales y aumentan fiestas del Día de Muertos en el Metroplex

Un libro para colorear con una calavera rosa del Día de Muertos salta a la vista en la primera repisa al entrar a la tienda de artesanías Michaels en Mesquite.

Al pasar el “Day of the Dead Coloring Book”, el pasillo ya medio vacío dedicado a la mercancía de Halloween también ofrece platos y servilletas con calaveras mexicanas con adornos rosa y verde fosforescente.

La chocolatería CocoAndré en Oak Cliff, Dallas, nos explica la diferencia entre el Día de Muertos y Halloween. La tienda vende calaveritas y mariposas monarcas hechas de chocolate, y hace una celebración del Día de Muertos abierta al público.

El Norte de Texas ha visto una adaptación del Día de Muertos en los últimos años. Este año, tiendas nacionales como Target, Michaels y CVS incluyeron mercancía para Halloween inspirada por la celebración mexicana.

A nivel nacional y regional, los pasillos que usualmente tienen disfraces y espantos de las películas más taquilleras fueron invadidos por paquetes de galletas en forma de calavera para decorar en estilo mexicano, guirnaldas para fiesta, maquillaje de calavera, y pósters de calacas en la sección de dulces.

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Andrea Pedraza, dueña de la chocolatería CocóAndré decora calaveras de chocolate para la celebración del Día de Muertos. (ESPECIAL PARA AL DÍA/BEN TORRES)

Andrea Pedraza y su hija Mayra Dwinal tienen en el mostrador de su chocolatería CocoAndré una charola con calaveritas de chocolate blanco, de leche, y oscuro. La demanda de repostería del Día de Muertos, así como una fiesta que hace por la celebración, ha llevado más clientes a su tienda. Pedraza y Dwinal esperan que cientos de personas familiarizadas y poco familiarizadas con la tradición mexicana acudan al festejo que organizan cada año desde el 2010 en Oak Cliff.

“En el vecindario en donde estamos nos llega una mezcla de anglosajones, afroamericanos, e hispanos. Pero cuando llega alguien que no está familiarizado con la cultura, automáticamente se van a la mesa (del Día de Muertos). Les explicas por qué es colorido y por qué tenemos mariposas monarcas. Noto que más gente está interesada en aprender más que las que piensan que es algo raro”, dijo Dwinal.

Pedraza y Dwinal planean el festejo de este año con un evento abierto al público que incluye una clase sobre el significado de la festividad, comida, música y danza folklórica. También le dan la oportunidad a los residentes de la comunidad de poner fotografías de sus seres queridos fallecidos en el altar de la tienda.

CocoAndré tiene fama de vender figuras de calaveras de azúcar y mariposas monarcas hechas con chocolate, que es más difícil de producir, pero también vende amplia variedad de figuritas de Halloween.

“A veces me da un poquito de tristeza porque voy a Michaels y tienen los esqueletitos, hechos en China, y los queremos hechos en México. Pero, la cultura es cultura y se extiende”, dijo Pedraza.

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The Dallas Morning News

Sit and stay awhile at Oak Cliff Chocolatier’s new location

Inching her shop closer to Bishop Arts District action, CocoAndré Chocolatier owner Andrea Pedraza just bought and restored a 1917 cottage on West Seventh Street.

What a difference from the tiny West Davis digs she’s occupied since 2009: The front rooms are open and airy. One of the display tables is made of wood recovered from the property’s fence.

There’s a window on the chocolate-making activity, and when the weather cools, you can sit on the charming old-fashioned front porch.

Pedraza, who made a name with molded chocolates — including her fabulously fashionable chocolate high heels — adds chocolate drinks (how does dark, spicy Oaxacan sound?), chocolate cake and chocolate-covered palettas (most popular: vanilla caramel).

Grab some hot chocolate and check it out at a pop-up shop starting at 11 a.m. Oct. 3 with breakfast tacos from Living29 personal chef service and waffles from Double Dose Bakery.

Pedraza apprenticed with Rex Morgen, one of Dallas’ first chocolatiers. Besides the beautiful molded pieces, she makes traditional truffles in flavors such as dulce de leche, toasted coconut and raspberry lavender. CocoAndre’s official grand opening is Nov. 1. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday. 508 W. Seventh St., Dallas. 214-941-3030.

Kim Pierce

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Martha Stewart | AMERICAN MADE 2015 FOOD FINALIST, CocoAndré Chocolatier Since 2009




CocoAndre is an artisan chocolatier with more than 30 years experience. We produce exquisitely handcrafted collections of truffles, barks and chocolate-dipped fresh fruits. We use only premium, ultra-fresh ingredients. CocoAndre also specializes in moulded chocolates. Our best-seller is a size 6 chocolate pump with a Lououtine-inspired red sole filled with truffles. Our chocolate pumps have literally crossed the globe!


Our shop is located in a post-Victorian house in the hipster Bishop Arts District of Dallas. The storefront includes a window where customers can view the craft of chocolate making. The shop also features an antique ship lap wall. Our interior spaces have been crafted by a local female wood smith. It’s a beautiful space to enjoy chocolate.


What inspires me most are my childhood chocolate memories. My craft allows me to recreate the emotion and joy felt when sipping hot chocolate at my first communion in Mexico. It gives me enormous pleasure to create special chocolate memories for my clients. I also enjoy researching chocolate culinary traditions from around the world and experimenting with new flavors and textures – especially from Latin America.


Our customer service is second to none. We treat each client like a beloved family member. Each customer is important to us. Every order, regardless of how large or small, is important to us. We have a loyal client following, many of whom drive more than an hour for the CocoAndre chocolate experience.


Don't stress - things will happen as they are meant to be.


We use social media, especially Instagram and Facebook, to promote specials, events and new creations. We offer occasional client contests and discounts through Instagram. Social media allows us to quickly connect to and maintain relationships with clients.


American made means a product made with quality, pride and passion. Especially passion! It also means that after working for another chocolate maker for 25 years, I finally realized the dream to open my own shop and employ my two daughters and three talented female team members. CocoAndre is one of the first owner-occupied businesses in the Dallas Bishop Arts District. I am proud of that. Last, American made means that with hard work and perseverance, dreams do come true.



Advocate Magazine - CocoAndré Chocolate Shop Moves

CocoAndré Chocolatier closed its shop on West Davis at Tyler earlier this month with plans to open a new shop closer to the center of Bishop Arts, at 508 W. Seventh at Adams, as early as Aug. 1.

Chocolatier Andrea Pedraza first opened her shop in 2009. The family business bought the house on Seventh last year and has been converting it to a shop and chocolate production facility since then.

The new space is much larger, so Pedraza can offer expanded shop space, coffee and pastries, along with her chocolate. There also will be space for Pedraza to offer hands-on classes and chocolate lectures.

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Chocolatier Andrea | Associated Press

Our Chocolatier Andrea made national and international news this past week with her high heels.

Read the article below or click here to watch the video; Dallas AP - Florists and chocolate-makers are working around the clock in the run-up to Valentine's Day.

In Dallas, chocolatier Andrea Pedraza, who loves designer high heels, molded her pedestrian passion into chocolate form. Her most well-known creations are chocolate pumps done in the style of Christian Louboutin shoes.

Prices for the pumps range from $30 to $55, but more if you fill the heel with more chocolates.

Pedraza says men buy the chocolate pumps the most, so she keeps extras on hand for last-minute shoppers.

Valentine's Day is Almost Here!!!


No event speaks more to the heart of chocolate than Valentine’s Day.  CocoAndre will help you select seductive Valentine’s chocolates for your loved ones, friends and special clients.

In honor of Valentine's Day, we offer extended stores:

Sunday 2/3 and 2/10
Monday 2/11 from  11:00 a.m. - 7:00p.m
Valentines Day 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Stop by our shop, call or order online--today!


Special Events for Couples

Champagne and Chocolate Pairing

Saturday, February 9  will host two sessions; one at 6:30 p.m. and a second at 7:30 p.m.

This tasting highlights CocoAndre’s exclusive line of  Valentine’s Truffles.   You will sample Rose Petal Truffles, the Chocolate Floral Collection (Egyptian Jasmine, Orange and Cherry Blossom, Fleur de Sicilia), DiAmore Truffles, Strawberry Champagne Truffles, and Dark Chocolate Truffles  infused with pear and ginger.  The pairing includes complimentary champagne.   This is truly a match made in heaven!

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Price:  $35 per couple


Events and Press Announcements


CocoAndre was featured on Channel 8 "Day Break" show with Ron Cornin and Cynthia Izaguierre Thursday, January 31st!  Andrea creating her beautiful designer-inspired high heels. These heels are strutting out the door for Valentines Day.  Please order your one-of-a-kind chocolate high heel today with our designer inspired red sole.  We can fill them with decadent truffles if you like.

Prices range from $30 - $60.


Andrea will be at local Central Market for the annual Chocolate Collection event February  6-14.

Feb. 8 - Southlake from 2-5 p.m.

Feb. 9 - Plano from 2-5 p.m.

Feb 11 - Ft Worth from 3-6 p.m.

Feb. 12 - Dallas from 3-6 p.m.

Please click on the photo icon for a link to the Central Market blog.


Oak Cliff Outings

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Saturday, February 9

Our Oak Cliff "Tyler-Davis" block will celebrate the anniversary of the Padilla Art Gallery .  Enjoy outdoor vendors, music, drinks, and food.  Stop by the "Ends of the Earth" shop and experience  Wendi's new yoga studio.   The party starts at sundown.


Sunday, February 10

CocoAndre will join the Tyler-Davis block in the rocking Oak Cliff Mardi Gras parade. The parade  begins at Nova and ends at Bishop Arts District.


Valentine's Day Specials:

  • Valentine’s Chocolate Bark  - these bite-sized “Bouchees”  are pleasing, petite mounds of chocolate topped with cranberry and nut sprinkles.   You can’t eat just one, we promise!
  • Chocolate-covered strawberries -  We lovingly dip berries in chocolate and can bed them in a designer-inspired chocolate high heel or a heart-shaped box.  You chose.
  • Valentine’s Truffles    Our exclusive line of Valentine’s assorted truffles comes in two sizes; 9 pieces and 11 pieces.  Truffles are bedded in either an edible chocolate heart or chocolate box – you chose.   The 9-piece with edible heart box is $25 and 11-piece package is $20.

Feel free to call or email your order for Valentines and avoid a waiting in line. or call 214-941-3030

WFAA: Instant Live 8

This morning, we were featured on WFAA: Instant Live 8 and they showed off our of our fantastic Valentine's Day gifts. Of course, our famous Christian Louboutin inspired chocolate heel received the most attention. Thank you to Cynthia Izaguirre, Ron Corning, and Wyatt Goolsby for all the kind words and for visiting us early this morning. To read the full story and watch the video, please click here.

As always, please follow us on twitter and Facebook, to stay up to date with all of our chocolate makings!

Chocolate Conference 2012

Had a wonderful time this weekend at the Chocolate Conference festivities visiting with fellow chocolatiers, chocolate makers, farmers, and chocolate lovers (addicts).   Thank you to Sander Wolf of bring us all together in the chocolate circle of life.  A special welcome to all the new faces we met Casandra from Queen Cocoa Bean,  Colin Gasko of Rogue Chocolatier,  Scott from Tejas Chocolate,   and Kari from Taza Chocolate (which we carry in our store front). Tasted so many new and wonderful creations that it has us running to our chocolate canvas to create new flavors and designs.  If you didn't make it to this years event look for it next year it will leave you craving for more chocolate goodness.

A special thanks to Jayme Campbell from Confection Confessions  for always supporting us and loving our Salted Caramels and Dulce De Leche,  to Short Horn Features for Tweeting  our heels, and Rachel aka FoodBitch for using our Fortunato no.4 in her weekends blog post at the Dallas Observer.   Love you ladies and you should too, follow them on twitter, instagram, and facebook to keep you up to date on local treats and eateries!

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D Magazine | Best of Big D: CocoAndre Chocolatier

It's that time of the year again, D Magazine has released their nominees for Best of Big D. Once again, this year we're nominated for Best Chocolatier and we hope that everyone joins us in voting for CocoAndré Chocolatier once a day. Help us to win 2012 Best Chocolatier in D Magazine and also make sure you vote for your other favorites.

Click here to go to D Magazine | Best of Big D poll - remember you can vote ONCE a day, happy voting!

WFAA: Good Morning Texas features CocoAndre Chocolatier


Last month, Leslie of Eatzi's Bakery & Market (Oak Lawn Market) went on WFAA: Good Morning Texas and featured alot of local Valentine's Day treats with a feature from CocoAndré Chocolatier. Click here to view the full segment.